The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry opened the doors to its new Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport on Saturday. Situated along South Beach, the 20-acre camp was celebrated with opening remarks from Tribal Councilman for the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon Dave Hatch, Newport City Councilor Mark Saelens, Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, Hatfield Marine Science Center Director Dr. Bob Cowan, Lead Ranger for South Beach
State Park Dani Padilla, OMSI camp managers, and OMSI camp participant Sam Hurst. The welcoming statements were followed by a special ribbon-cutting by community members of all ages.
“We are so pleased to be here with you to celebrate this landmark day,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “So many hands and hearts have contributed to planning and building Camp Gray. On behalf of everyone at OMSI and the thousands of campers who will create memories here, thank you all!”
A new installment in OMSI’s 60-year history of outdoor education, the facility will provide a year-round immersive camp experience, as well as dedicated summer programming, for the hands-on study of the Oregon Coast ecosystem. The camp features a central lodge, 156
student beds plus staff housing, classrooms, dedicated outdoor learning spaces, a communal fire pit, and restorative landscaping that includes dunes, trees, and native plants.
Designed for Oregon’s next generation of explorers, researchers, and designers, this 20-acre facility will help get kids outside and instill a sense of environmental stewardship while building 21st Century skills crucial to future success.
Summer programs are now available for registration at www.omsi.edu/summer.